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  1. RosemaryDW

    Is agave safe?

    I think staking it is the way to go; they are much happier when they can browse something that's actually growing or high up. My tortoise is, anyway. She's a crapshoot on cactus though. She'll eat it if I've picked it myself. Not so much if I bought it. Spoiled!
  2. RosemaryDW

    Russian tortoise owners

    Whichever one you choose you will want to start by soaking a pellet or two until it's soft and mixing it in with the regular diet. Ease them into it.
  3. RosemaryDW

    Russian tortoise owners

    Many U.S. owners feed Mazuri, either the LS or the "original" tortoise diet. Mazuri may be labeled or sold under the Nutrazu brand in your area. Zoo Med is also fairly popular there but I think is available at the regular shops? Pre Alpin testudo tortoise diet doesn't get mentioned often here...
  4. RosemaryDW

    Is agave safe?

    Oh ha, didn't think about that as I've seen how they look before; it's because they are eating the fruits, which are pretty red/pink.* That tortoise has been going at it for some time. Sorry! They eat the cactus too, it's a great food for them. You can find spineless cactus at any Mexican...
  5. RosemaryDW

    Is agave safe?

    I can't imagine there are many differences in any of the agaves. Some are ouchy, some aren't. Some are grey, others are green. But they are all still the same plant underneath. This one in particular is native to Mexico and there are desert tortoises in some parts of Mexico, if that helps. If...
  6. RosemaryDW

    Is agave safe?

    Welcome from another California member! It's fine for desert tortoises although to be honest I can't see it being very popular. I would think it reasonably safe for a Texas tort. I wouldn't personally feed it due to the spines. I imagine the tortoise can eat around them but I spent too much...
  7. RosemaryDW

    Alfalfa Sprouts

    Welcome! All animals need protein to survive and as already mentioned there is no current evidence tortoises are harmed by it, certainly not Russians. I offer various legumes to mine although she's not the biggest fan of any of them. Don't feed legumes all the time but don't avoid them...
  8. RosemaryDW

    Are Asian Pigeonwing (Clitoria ternatea) flowers safe for tortoises?

    They are legumes which are generally safe in moderation. Someone is likely going to comment that legumes are "bad" because they are high in protein but all animals need protein to live, including tortoises. They don't necessarily need as much as mammals but it's fine in moderation.
  9. RosemaryDW

    Awapuhi

    Welcome to the forum! The Tortoise Table is written primarily for U.K. owners, you won't find many tropical plants there. The plant family in question here is entirely unfamiliar to me and it's also one that grows from rhizomes, which do tend to be a little dicey. I imagine a stalk or two...
  10. RosemaryDW

    Tick barrier/mosquito barrier

    Oh I see. I'm assuming the product in question is made with pressed garlic bulb extract. While I have a hard time imagining a bite or two of something sprayed with this stuff would be risky I still wouldn't use it, again because allium bulbs have demonstrated harmful properties. Tortoises have...
  11. RosemaryDW

    Tick barrier/mosquito barrier

    Bulb plants in this family are one of the few plants this forum has seen harm tortoises. While it's unlikely your tortoise would want to dig down to the bulbs and eat them it isn't a risk you should take.
  12. RosemaryDW

    Weeds

    Well, it's a weed, it will probably show up again at some point!
  13. RosemaryDW

    Weeds

    The science in the Tortoise Table can be a little suspect. Or a lot suspect depending on what you're checking into. There isn't any evidence that four o'clock plants have done tortoises any harm. You have a desert tortoise (if that's what dt means in your last post) and that plant is in their...
  14. RosemaryDW

    Need help indentifying these plants (Indonesia)

    I couldn't say, other than that ageratum isn't native to your area. Doesn't seem very fluffy though. The bottom one is some kind of thistle or dandelion relative, safe.
  15. RosemaryDW

    Edible Weed?

    That is one beautiful clover.
  16. RosemaryDW

    Need help indentifying these plants (Indonesia)

    Welcome! Okay, wow your coral vine is amazing; we've been trying to grow ours for years and our Russian just tramples it to death. It's a knot weed and safe IMO. All the bidens are safe. Mimosa is iffy to me. Pods that might be poisonous to tortoises that many tortoises ignore but I wouldn't...
  17. RosemaryDW

    Any flowering vine recommendations? (SoCal Climate)

    Ah. It's been a while but I imagine we bought ours at the Tree of Life nursery in San Juan Capistrano. Native plants only, no pesticides; we get our milkweed there so it can go straight to the caterpillars. But you want more than one and probably no long drive. :)
  18. RosemaryDW

    Any flowering vine recommendations? (SoCal Climate)

    Hmm, that I can't claim to know. The internet describes it as a pretty simple process once the parent plant has reached a certain size. We don't have the space you do and the yellow version is pretty common at our nurseries so it's never crossed my mind to try. :)
  19. RosemaryDW

    Any flowering vine recommendations? (SoCal Climate)

    I would say the science on this--presumably from the Tortoise Table--is not very solid. They are referring to human studies, not reptiles. But of course you should only feed what feels safe to you. At any rate, if you wanted to feed only flowers from this plant you'd have them for about four...
  20. RosemaryDW

    Any flowering vine recommendations? (SoCal Climate)

    Tacoma Stans; yellow bells. Native California desert tortoise food; can be trained against a wall; flowers and leaves edible. Normally grows into a large brushy shrub but we have three growing against our back fence, with one sturdy wire support. While the native flower is bright yellow ours...
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